Steven Blair


My goal is to be my clients’ legal partner for their world-changing high-technology services ‎and products.

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I help U.S. and international companies protect computer science innovations. Using my background in technology and my in-house experience with industry leaders, I’m able to effectively counsel clients in a rapidly changing landscape. The focus of my practice is on patent procurement, patent infringement litigation, intellectual property licensing, audits, infringement, freedom to operate opinions, copyright registration, and strategic portfolio management.

Before becoming a lawyer, I worked at Hewlett-Packard, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Microsoft as a software engineer and product manager. I was involved with a wide array of software products and systems, including distributed database systems, hypertext-based products, help systems, process control information systems, computer-based training software, multi-media development tools, mainframe/PC integration software, cross-development platforms, client/server systems, support products for developers and corporate clients, and Internet-based commercial sites for medium- to large-sized organizations.


  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Seattle University, School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • Santa Clara University, Masters of Business Administration


  • California State Courts
  • Washington State Courts
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of ‎Washington
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Cambia Grove, Member
  • Washington State Patent Law Association, Chair of Community Education
  • San Francisco Intellectual Property Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association (Washington and California)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society

Community Activities

King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinic, Volunteer


Outside Interests

Sailing on the Puget Sound.

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